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Continuing Education

Bluewater students sailing in Santa Monica Bay.

In-Depth Training Focused on Key Skills

Continuing Education

Night Sailing

Learn How to Enter a Port at Night.

What You'll Learn

We will set sail late in the afternoon, watch the sun set, and then sail back into the harbor at night!  An awesome day of sailing!

You will learn practical navigation skills for night and limited visibility navigation.

What's Included

Our Night Sailing course will introduce you to navigating at night or limited visibility.  Your tuition includes:

  • 5+ hours of on-the-water instruction
  • Opportunity to sail larger boats
  • See Los Angeles lit up at night from the water

What's Next

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

Course Length

5+ hours of on-the-water instruction.

Course Topics

  • Planning an hourly voyage plan
  • Determining weather and sea state impacts
  • Plotting your course to several waypoints
  • Planning for aids to navigation and obstacles
  • Understanding the role of navigation tools and electronic systems
  • Reviewing high level celestial navigation topics

Tuition

$ Ask

Upcoming Course Dates

Courses regularly scheduled – Contact Us for details.

Continuing Education

Intro to Sail Racing

Learn Ocean Racing!

What You'll Learn

Every Wednesday night from April to September we will head out to Santa Monica Bay and race with the entire Marina del Rey community.

Bluewater is dedicated to providing the best sail instruction in the area. Many of our classes focus on the fun of recreational sailing and now you can add racing to part of the fun! Whether you’re an experienced racer or a beginner, over the course of four sessions you’ll be learning all of the jobs including the helm, sail trim and spinnaker sailing.

What's Included

Our Intro to Sail Racing program is unique. We are the only boat that is racing seriously with the goal of training the crew. This isn’t a replacement for our fundamental sailing classes — it’s just part of the fun. We’d like you to join us for at least 4 sessions. They don’t need to be consecutive, but if you can make four, we’ll make sure you’re learning something new about boat handling, speed, race strategy and tactics. All in all, we’re going to train you to become a better sailor.

We will have a crew of six people aboard each night, and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

The Course Day by Day

We meet every Wednesday from April to September.

4:00pm: Class starts
5:00pm: Leave the dock and train on the water
6:30pm: Our race starts
8:30pm: Back on the dock to clean up and debrief
9:00pm: Finish

After that, you can head home or go to the yacht club for dinner to wait for the race results.

What's Next

Join a racing crew or enter your boat in a race!

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

No prior experience required.

Course Length

During the summer season: a minimum of four 5-hour sessions

Course Topics

  • Basics of sail racing
  • Sail racing rules
  • Upwind / downwind tactics
  • Spinnaker management
  • And much more!

Tuition

$ Ask

Tuition is for each series of four dates. This includes an additional free session, for a total of 5 races! 

Upcoming Course Dates

Courses regularly scheduled – Contact Us for details.

Continuing Education

Intro to Celestial Navigation

Navigate by the Sun, the Moon and the Stars!

What You'll Learn

Our Celestial Navigation course teaches you the theory of navigating by the sun, moon and stars in a classroom environment, and the practical application of it in offshore conditions.

What's Included

Our Intro to Celestial Navigation course will give you an overview of what celestial navigation is all about. From here you can choose to continue your education by taking the full ASA 117 certification course where you will learn the skills you need to navigate anywhere in the world the old-school way – using the sun, moon and stars. Included in your intro course tuition is:

  • 4 hours of classroom instruction

What's Next

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

No prior experience required.

Course Length

4 hours of classroom instruction.

Course Topics

  • Use of a Sextant
  • Understanding Celestial Almanacs
  • Latitude and Longitude
    • Terestrial
    • Celestial
  • Convert longitude into time
  • Convert standard time and zone time to GMT and vice versa
  • Crew overboard prevention and recovery
  • Calculate the zone time given longitude
  • Determine the latitude at twilight by means of the Pole Star
  • Solve the navigational triangle using a navigation table
  • Plot celestial lines of position on a Mercator projection

Tuition

$ Ask

Textbook / Tools and ASA certification and processing are optional

Textbook / Tools: $ Ask

Upcoming Course Dates

Courses regularly scheduled – Contact Us for details.

Continuing Education

Intro to Marine Weather

Get introduced to becoming your own marine weather forecaster.

What You'll Learn

Our non-endorsement marine weather info session covers the basics of weather systems using local prevailing conditions to understand weather patterns. For instance, why is there more wind in the afternoon? You’ll find out during this session.

If you are interested in marine weather and are assessing whether to take the full ASA 119 Marine Weather Endorsement course, our Intro to Marine Weather is the perfect place to start. This intro class is a great first step in learning about local marine weather and is the perfect stepping stone to the full endorsement course.

The Intro to Marine Weather class is for all boating enthusiasts who are looking to take their understanding of marine weather and weather predictions to the next level. Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. You’ll gain important knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.

What's Included

Our Intro to Marine Weather course will prepare you to anticipate weather conditions whether you are the skipper, navigator or crew.  Included in your tuition is:

  • 4 hours of classroom instruction

What's Next

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

No prior experience required.

Course Length

4 hours of classroom instruction.

Course Topics

  • Basics of weather
  • Pressure and Wind
  • Global Winds and Currents
  • Strong Wind Systems
  • Clouds, Fog, and Sea State
  • Wind and Terrain
  • Weather Maps
  • Sources of Weather Data
  • On-board Forecasting Techniques
  • Southern Hemisphere Weather

Tuition

$ Ask

Textbook: $ Ask

Upcoming Course Dates

Courses regularly scheduled – Contact Us for details.

Continuing Education

Diesel Engine

Learn the Fundamentals of the Marine Diesel Engine.

What You'll Learn

The In Depth: Diesel Engine course picks up where the ASA 104 course leaves off and takes you to the next level in your understanding, troubleshooting, and maintaining of marine diesel engines.

Perfect for boat owners, bareboat charterers, and students looking to expand their real world practical knowledge.

What's Included

You’ll get your hands dirty with this practical engine course. Included in your tuition is:

  • 4 hours hands-on session with a marine diesel engine
  • Instruction and recommendations by a diesel engine professional
  • Written materials for reference

What's Next

Enroll in this Course

Prerequisite

No prior experience required.

Course Length

4 hours hands-on with engine

Course Topics

    • Why use a diesel engine in the marine environment

    • Introduction to engine parts and components

    • Diesel engine daily maintenance regimen

    • Signs of engine trouble and what to do first

    • Spare parts kit for most issues

    • What the three different colors of smoke mean

    • When to get a professional mechanic

    • Tips and tricks to run the engine without the helm controls

    • and much more

Tuition

$ Ask

Textbook: $ Ask

Upcoming Course Dates

Courses regularly scheduled – Contact Us for details.